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Dave’s Avin’ it
The fantastic Dave Coster’s Fishing Diary veered off course slightly in this week’s Mail. He set out for his first-ever attempt at ‘fluff-chucking’, targeting the jumbo trout at the famous Avington Lakes, in Hampshire, where he was joined by his coach for the day Peter Cockwill, the former World fly fishing champion Tony Pawson and legendary Oxford specimen hunter Peter Stone.
The fellas were off to a promising start, spotting some huge rainbow trout prowling around the margins in the gin-clear, spring-fed waters. Peter suggested a Walker Mayfly Nympth to his pupil, Dave, which was soon investigated by a trout estimated at 7 lb. But a slight error, caused by a nervous set of fingers, halted the fly’s retrieve and the rainbow sensed danger and veered away. With no time to dwell on what could have been, Dave had soon mastered the art of casting and retrieving, and was rewarded with a fine trio of vividly coloured rainbows (expertly illustrated by Tony Whieldon), the biggest of which weighed 3 lb 10 oz.
Tom Legge reported a potential new record, in the shape of a plump, three-spined stickleback. The mini-beast was 3.5 in. long, and tipped the scales at 7.2 g. The lucky captor was ten-year-old Tottenham angler Mark Vaughan, who was targeting small roach on a size 20 hook to 0.5 lb line when the super-sized stickleback snaffled his single maggot.
Canny young Mark took the fish to Dave Coster’s Tottenham Angling Centre, where it was kept alive in an aquarium, before being taken to the Avon Scale Company, in Edmonton, where it was weighed, witnessed and photographed, before being released back in Connaught Waters, in Epping Forest, Essex.
Dave remarked: “I’ve never seen a stickleback like it.”